New York State Route 156

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NYS Route 156 marker

NYS Route 156
Map of New York State Route 156
Map of Albany County in eastern New York with NY 156 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NYSDOT
Length: 16.37 mi[1] (26.34 km)
Existed: 1930[2] – present
Major junctions
West end: NY 443 in Berne
East end: NY 85A in Voorheesville
Counties: Albany
Highway system
NY 155 NY 157

New York State Route 156 (NY 156) is a state highway in Albany County, New York. NY 156 begins at a junction with NY 443 in the town of Berne. Serving the hamlet of Knox and the village of Altamont, NY 156 soon reaches the town of Voorheesville and ends at a junction with NY 85A.

Route description[edit]

NY 156 west at the junction with NY 443 in Berne

NY 156 begins at an intersection with NY 443 (Helderberg Trail) in the hamlet of Berne, in the namesake town. Winding north through the town of Berne as Berne–Altamont Road, NY 156 soon crosses into the town of Knox as a two-lane rural roadway. The route soon intersects with County Route 254 (CR 254; Rock Road). After less than a block, CR 254 forks northeast along Pleasant Valley Road. Winding north through Knox, NY 156 reaches a junction with CR 255 (Gallupville Road), where it turns eastward and soon northeast along Beaverdam Creek past the Town of Knox Parklands.[3]

NY 156 reaches the hamlet of Knox, where it runs as a two-lane residential street through the center of the community. In the center of Knox, the route intersects with CR 252 (Rock Cave Road). Leaving the hamlet of Knox, NY 156 passes Knox Cemetery and parallels Beaverdam Creek and soon turning southeast. Now running southeast through Knox, the route crosses the southern terminus of CR 260 (Wilther Road) and the eastern terminus of CR 254. After a turn to the northeast, NY 156 intersects with the western terminus of NY 157 (Thompsons Lake Road). Continuing northeast through Knox, NY 156 passes the Altamont Reservoir, passing multiple reservoir-side residences.[3]

NY 156 at the junction with CR 208 in Voorheesville

Remaining a mix of rural and residential, NY 156 winds east along server curves through Knox, soon crossing into the town of Guilderland. At the junction with Helderberg Avenue, the route turns north and bends around a long curve into the village of Altamont. Now known as Main Street, NY 156 turns south on Altamont Boulevard, while Main Street connects to NY 146 via NY 912C, an unsigned reference route. Along Altamont Boulevard, NY 156 runs as a two-lane residential street, paralleling a railroad line into the town of Guilderland, changing the monikers of Altamont–Vorheesville Road. Changing to a more rural roadway, NY 156, bending southeast through Guilderland.[3]

NY 156 begins crossing through a more densely wooded area of Guilderland, soon reaching the junction with Gardner Road, where it is more residential. The route soon crosses into the town of New Scotland, changing names to Altamont Road, reaching a junction with CR 307 (Picard Road). Running east through New Scotland, NY 156 crosses the southern end of CR 202 (Meadowdale Road) before turning southeast once again. Crossing through multiple farms, NY 156 winds east into the residential section of the town of Voorheesville. Still known as Altamont Road, NY 156 bends southeast past a junction with CR 208 (School Road).[3]

A short southeastern bend later, NY 156 junctions with NY 85A (Maple Avenue). This junction serves as the eastern terminus of NY 156.[3]


NY 156 was assigned as part of the 1930 renumbering of state highways in New York to what is now NY 146 from Gallupville to Altamont and its modern alignment from Altamont to Voorheesville.[2] The alignments of NY 146 and NY 156 west of Altamont were flipped c. 1940, placing both routes on their modern alignments.[4][5] NY 156 originally followed NY 85A southeastward from Voorheesville to New Scotland, where both routes ended at NY 85.[6] The overlap between the two routes was eliminated when NY 156 was truncated to Voorheesville at some point between 1950 and 1965.[7][8]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Albany County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Berne 0.00 0.00 NY 443 (Helderberg Trail)
Knox 6.16 9.91 NY 157 (Thompsons Lake Road) Western terminus of NY 157
Altamont 9.51 15.30 To NY 146 via Main Street (NY 912C)
Voorheesville 16.37 26.34 NY 85A (Maple Avenue)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "2008 Traffic Volume Report for New York State" (PDF). New York State Department of Transportation. June 16, 2009. p. 174. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Automobile Legal Association (ALA) Automobile Green Book, 1930–31 and 1931–32 editions, (Scarborough Motor Guide Co., Boston, 1930 and 1931). The 1930–31 edition shows New York state routes prior to the 1930 renumbering
  3. ^ a b c d e Microsoft; Nokia (February 26, 2013). "overview map of NY 156" (Map). Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ New York (Map). Cartography by General Drafting. Standard Oil Company. 1939. 
  5. ^ New York Info-Map (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. Gulf Oil Company. 1940. 
  6. ^ Albany, NY Quadrangle (Map). 1:250,000. Eastern United States 1:250,000. United States Geological Survey. 1947. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  7. ^ New York – Albany Quadrangle (southwest corner) (Map). 1:62,500. 15-Minute Series. United States Geological Survey. 1950. 
  8. ^ New York (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally and Company. Mobil. 1965. 

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